Target: Senator Mary Landrieu, Louisiana
Goal: Do not support construction of Keystone XL Pipeline
Despite her own state’s detrimental experience with the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Senator Mary Landrieu of Louisiana has decided to take oil transportation inland, proposing a bill for the Keystone XL Pipeline.
The goal of the Keystone XL Pipeline is to transport tar sands oil from Canada through multiple states to reach oil refineries in the Gulf. Tar sands oil is, without question, the dirtiest, most polluting and carbon-intensive fuel in the world. The pipeline transportation objective involves approximately 830,000 barrels traversing the pipeline daily.
When it comes to oil transport, history has proven that it is not ‘if’ an oil spill should happen, but rather ‘when’ an oil spill will happen. Big oil companies count on the public’s short- term memory, allowing them the time and ability to get regulations weakened so they can maneuver their industry’s interests.
Consider the 1979 oil well collapse in the Bay of Campeche, Mexico, which spilled approximately 140-million gallons of crude into the Gulf; in 1983 the oil tanker that caught fire and sank off of Capetown, South Africa with 110 tons of oil in its tanks; the 1989 Exxon Valdez tanker spilling up to 750,000 barrels of crude oil onto the reef in Prince William Sound, Alaska; and the most recent Deepwater Horizon blowout of 4.9 million barrels of oil into the gulf and the adjoining coasts; we cannot afford another disaster.
Now, legislators and oil companies are conspiring to transport tar sands oil throughout farmlands, public water supplies, nature habitats and recreational areas in order to increase the business for oil refining companies in the Gulf Coast region.
Senator Mary Landrieu of Louisiana is selling out her constituents and the health of wildlife in favor of big oil. She needs to withdraw this bill immediately.
I demand you immediately withdraw your sponsorship of the Keystone XL Pipeline bill. Your stance blatantly ignores the dangers involved in such transport.
Time and again we see oil spills and the damage they wreak. Your own state has suffered severely because of the Deepwater Horizon accident. There are still approximately 200 miles of oiled coastline. More than a third of Louisiana and Florida parents living within 10 miles of the coast have reported unexplained symptoms in their children since Deepwater Horizon.
The oil transport system you are proposing poses serious potential dangers to the health of citizens, public water systems, croplands and wildlife environment. After seeing the effects in your own state from Deepwater Horizon, how can you support this?
You must withdraw your sponsorship and any support of the Keystone XL pipeline. Morally, there should be no other choice for you.
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